Welcome to the website of the Sandgate Brighton Catholic Parish. We are pleased that you have taken the time to find out a little more about our community.
Our parish boundary stretches from Brighton, through Sandgate and Shorncliffe to Deagon, however all are welcome within our community and we are blessed with parishioners from a number of neighbouring suburbs. Within our parish we give thanks and celebrate our two beautiful sister churches – Sacred Heart Church at Sandgate and Church of the Real Presence at Brighton. Both have a rich and proud history and provide us with the platform, the framework of faith to further the mission of Christ.
At Sandgate and Brighton we are blessed with two thriving catholic primary schools, Sacred Heart at Sandgate and St Kieran’s at Brighton. St Patrick’s College at Shorncliffe is also located within our parish and provides education for boys from Year 5 to 12.
The readings of this weekend define our Christian goal of eternal happiness and explain the attitudes and actions necessary to reach it. Through this reading the Holy church reminds us of the very important fact that God delights in the humble. He draws near to them, gathers them to himself and blesses them. He looks at the humble and lowly and fills them with his wisdom, virtue and the holiness of Christ. Therefore, only in God does the humble and the righteous depend and boast.
The Gospel on this weekend is from the sermon on the mountain. In the Beatitudes, which is the part of the sermon on the mount, Jesus outlines the values and attitudes needed to enter and enjoy God’s kingdom: poverty of spirit, hunger and thirst for justice, compassion, meekness, mercy, integrity, peace-making, and the willingness to suffer persecution for the sake of justice. The Beatitudes contain the most essential aspects of Christian behaviour that we need to make habitual if we are to live the truly Christ-like lives of loving obedience and compassion that He asks of all of us who believe.
The Beatitudes spell out the personal qualities expected of a disciple of Jesus and the way of life to be lived by Jesus’ disciples. They show us the values that Christ cares about. In essence, the Beatitudes both fulfil and complete the Ten Commandments. While the Ten Commandments given to Moses on Mount Sinai, as recorded in the Old Testament Book of Exodus, provide a series of “Thou shalt nots,” Jesus presents the Beatitudes in a positive sense, as the virtues in life which will ultimately lead us to the rewards of salvation – not in this world, but in the next.
So the Beatitudes can be understood as a framework for Christian living. Our vocation as Christians is not to be first in this world, but rather to be first in the eyes of God. By referring to the good things that the faithful will experience, Matthew reminds us that those who act in the manner described in the Beatitudes will find their reward with God.
Program offered on the 1st weekend of each month (not in School Holidays)
Saturday – 5.30pm Brighton Church or
Sunday – 9am Sandgate Church
Next program: 4/5 February, 2023
All children welcome!
Sacramental Program 2022-2024
Sacrament of 1st Holy Eucharist ***** NEW PARENT INFORMATION SESSION DATE ******
A parent information session will be held for families who have children that have received the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation. This session is in preparation for the Sacrament of 1st Holy Eucharist in June. Parents are to attend either –
Sunday 19 February following the 9am Mass at Sandgate; or
Saturday 25 February following the 5.30pm Mass at Brighton
Attendance at one of these sessions is required if children are to be considered for enrolment this year.
Ministries at our Parish
We have a range of ministries at our Parish and we are always looking for volunteers to join us.